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Buttermilk Fried Chicken using the Vortex

Buttermilk Fried Chicken using the Vortex

This version of buttermilk fried chicken actually began life as a way of making chicken for another of my favorites, chicken and waffles. Hence the hint of maple syrup. But you don’t need waffles. If you do serve them over waffles, drizzle with a bit more maple syrup just before serving.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword fried chicken, Vortex
Prep Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 9 hours 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 1139kcal



For the chicken marinade

  • 4 chicken thighs boneless skinless ,or your favorite cuts
  • Buttermilk enough to cover the thighs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

For the flour dredge

For the egg dredge


  • Place the chicken in a resealable container or bag and add enough buttermilk to cover. Pour in the maple syrup, seal, and shake to combine.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Fire up your charcoal grill with the Vortex insert. Once the coals are lit, prepare the chicken.
  • Prepare two dredging stations. Combine the flour dredge ingredients in a pie plate. In another, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk and syrup. Season both with salt and pepper.
  • Working in batches, remove the chicken from the buttermilk marinade and shake off any excess.
  • Coat the chicken in the flour mixture and shake off any excess.
  • Next, roll the chicken in the egg mixture. Shake off any excess.
  • Finally, return the chicken to the flour mixture and coat again. Remove any excess and transfer to your grill, arranging the pieces around the edges.
  • Place the cover on the grill and cook 45 minutes to an hour, checking for doneness in multiple spots. I rotate the lid every 15 minutes to ensure even cooking.


Calories: 1139kcal | Carbohydrates: 127g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 386mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 786mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 842IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 8mg